What’s in a name?
Think about some of the biggest wrestlers and how their names underwent transformations throughout the years: The Ringmaster gave way to “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. Hunter Hearst Helmsley turned into Triple H. Bill Goldberg started going by just his last name.
It’s not uncommon to see a company tweak a wrestler’s name in an effort to better promote him or her. Sometimes it’s about how the name sounds. Other times it’s about merchandise and branding. And other times… it’s pretty damn hard to figure out why the promotion made a change.
Regardless, one trend we’ve seen unfold before our eyes in WWE is wrestlers losing a name, either their first or last name, turning them into a one-name wonder. In some cases, these changes were head-scratchers at first but turned out to be great moves that better defined the wrestler, and now you can’t imagine them going by their original moniker. In other cases, you have to wonder what the higher-ups were thinking.
Let’s take a look as some of the more notable occasions
where a wrestler got his or her name shortened. Let’s get to it…